Many people associate aromatherapy with anything that smells good; scented candles, perfumes or potpourri. In fact, aromatherapy is a healing modality that carries numerous benefits including altering mood, cognitive function, stress relief and others.
Not all aromas are created equal nor do they function the same way. From relieving headaches to improving concentration, these aromas will not only bring beauty, but prosperity to your life. What are common therapeutic uses?
Eucalyptus has a fresh and clean aroma that will surely open up your airways. It is best used for addressing respiratory problems like asthma, cough, colds and nasal congestion. When feeling congested, just drop ten to 15 drops of oil in a hot bath and it will surely clear your nasal passages up.
It also has natural antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Lavender is one of the most widely used essential oils. It calms the mind, relaxes the body and eases stress almost instantly, making it hugely beneficial for those suffering from anxiety.
Having trouble sleeping at night? Lavender might be of help. One of its most sought after benefit is its ability to help people sleep better at night. Drop a few drops of Lavender oil on a pillow to sleep better.
Lavender helps ward off headaches, controls mood swings and restores the body-spirit balance. It also has anti-viral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that can do wonders to skin injuries like insect bites, acne, scalds and burn.
Peppermint has a very stimulating aroma, increasing mental sharpness, relieves mental fatigue and refreshes the spirit. Scientists associate this aroma with the increase in brain activity and mental motivation.
Peppermint also aids in digestion and is useful in warding off flatulence and nausea.
Vanilla has a sweet scent that is associated with happiness. True enough, studies show that one whiff of vanilla can bring joy and relaxation to a person. It also lowers blood pressure, helps prevent cancer and protects the body from free radicals.
Citrus aromas in general have an uplifting effect that has been known to increase mental awareness and concentration. Plus, it helps reduce stress, increases the immune system and improves the mood.